Please note our office will have limited hours for urgent care only.
Urgent patients only, for any non-urgent eye concerns or to place orders for contacts/glasses, please call or email us.
Amidst the COVID-19 crisis, many of us have modified our work environments and moved our office into our home spaces. This can potentially pose mental and physical challenges as our time of isolation, distancing and quarantine continues.
For those who were once in collaborative offices, the isolation of working from home can be difficult to adjust to. We all have unique situations that come with different challenges to navigate. If working from home is new to you, you may be struggling with how to define work and home-life boundaries, or perhaps the overall stress with the COVID-19 global event is weighing on you.
These are all understandable responses to an unprecedented time. FYidoctors wants to provide you with five tips that could be helpful as you manage the uncertainties that come with working from home.
5 Tips for Working From Home:
If your home allows for it, create an entirely different space for work versus personal time. This is important because it allows you to set boundaries between home-life and business. A different space will help you concentrate and will also cue your mind and body to relax in personal spaces when the workday is done.
A work set-up might simply be comprised of a desk in a quiet area away from distractions. Try to make it as comfortable as possible—use a chair that will support your back and a desk that is appropriately level with your line of sight.
Consider developing a work routine. Think back to when you did go into the office. You likely had a routine you followed every morning. Maybe you visited your favourite coffee shop or went to the gym, then got dressed in your work attire. Create new routines at home. Make yourself a drip coffee, try home fitness sessions before the work day, and you can even put on your work clothes if you think it would help you get in the right frame of mind!
Everyone’s situation is different—set up a routine that works for you. If children or other family members need your attention, try setting boundaries with your family to increase your productivity in both work and personal life. This could mean taking turns doing chores, allocating silent times throughout the day or coordinating family-wide breaks.
Now more than ever, you may be tempted to stay glued to your screens all day. Virtual connectivity is how we stay close to the people in our lives, for work and leisure. At home, you have fewer opportunities to interact outside screen time than working in an office, where you likely had regular face to face meetings with your colleagues.
Prolonged periods of computer work increase your exposure to blue light, a naturally occurring wavelength of light that is generally known to produce wakefulness. If exposed for longer periods however, blue light can be disruptive and potentially cause eye strain. FYidoctors recommends taking regular breaks from your screens throughout the day to give your eyes much needed rest. Consider turning off interior lighting, to reduce the amount of bright light on your eyes. For more tips on reducing eye strain visit our computer eye strain prevention blog.
While on your break consider using the time to meditate and take care of your mental health. Apps like Calm or Insight Timer can help you relieve anxiety and provide tools to cope with periods of stress. You could also go for a walk, read a book, organize your home space, or phone friends who may also be socially distanced.
Working remotely is isolating. You may be accustomed to bouncing ideas off colleagues or collaborating on projects with you team. With an abundance of technology around us, these interactions can still occur virtually. Tools like Facetime, Zoom and Microsoft Teams allow for group video chats. There are also video chat options through social applications like Facebook messenger and WhatsApp.
It is very important to continue to reach out to others. This is a stressful and isolating time for many people but hearing familiar voices and keeping up a routine of connecting will be beneficial for your mental health in the long run. To limit screen time, you can always opt for a phone call instead of video chat.
Sitting in one spot for 8 hours a day isn’t doing you any favours— in any workspace! While taking a break from your screens, why not take five minutes to stretch? Common problem areas are the neck and back for individuals who are at work in front of the computer all day. Relieve potential pain by engaging in stretches or yoga poses that target specific areas of discomfort. Invest in a foam roller to ease out the particularly tight muscles.
Tools like Class Pass offer online workouts you can do from home. Many gyms and trainers are also providing IGTV workouts you can participate in remotely.
When the workday is done, enjoy your personal time. It may be difficult to detach from work if you have a stressful job. Taking a moment to spend quality time with family members or participating in a hobby that is pleasurable to you will allow you to recharge and give renewed focus to your next workday.
Working from home can be an adjustment for many who don’t have experience with it. Living socially distanced from others is unusual and difficult but it’s the new normal we all must adapt to. While there are unique challenges for everyone, we hope these tips will be useful as you create your workspace within your home.
For more information on how you can be mindful of your vision and overall wellness, read about The Link Between Eye Health and Overall Wellness.
You can also discover more helpful resources on our health and wellness blog page.
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COVID-19 has caused an increased and warranted concern regarding hand-hygiene, and how that may affect the use of contact lenses. You may be wondering, is it still safe to use contacts given the COVID-19 circumstances?
FYidoctors wants to assure you that if you continue to use proper hygiene procedures, contact lenses remain safe to use. These procedures include properly washing your hands before and after touching both your contacts and your eyes and disinfecting your contact lenses regularly with every use.
Much of the concern surrounds the fact that contact lens wearers are more prone to touching their face. This can also be true for those who use spectacles especially reading glasses, which can be set down and picked up multiple times during a day. Proper hand washing, surface cleansing, and washing your glasses are important precautions to minimize any risk of contamination.
FYidoctors has compiled a how-to list of the proper procedures to follow when putting on your eye wear. Please note that these procedures should always be adhered to—whether COVID-19 is present in our environments or not.
How to Safely Use Contact Lens and Eyewear
1. Always wash your hands before touching your contact lenses.
We can’t stress enough the importance of hand washing. Wash your hands before you put in your contacts and before you remove them. The Government of Canada has stated proper hand washing means 20 seconds carefully with water and soap, including the back of your hands, palms, between your fingers and under fingernails. Dry your hands with unused towels to avoid the introduction of bacteria before you touch your eyes. Turn off the tap using paper towel. Wash your hands frequently, throughout the day.
2. Dispose of your Dailies or disinfect your Weeklies and Monthlies contacts.
If you use daily disposable contacts, throw them away after one use. If you reuse your contact lenses, follow the manufacturer instructions on how to regularly disinfect them.
3. If you are sick, discontinue contact use.
Consistent with the guidance given under normal circumstance, don’t use your contacts if you have cold or flu-like symptoms. Touching your eyes and contacts will only aggravate this area, and potentially spread infection, such as conjunctivitis, to your eyes.
4. Don’t forget to wash your eye glasses too.
If you become sick and discontinue contact use, or if you wear glasses as your form of correction, proper precautions must be followed to clean spectacles. Viruses like COVID-19 can exist on hard surfaces for long periods of time. Often we are removing our glasses throughout the day (more so for those with reading glasses), so it is essential that they are disinfected regularly. The safest way to clean and sanitize spectacles is with warm (not hot) water and dish soap. Avoid harsh cleaners that contain ammonia and isopropyl alcohol, which could potentially destroy the coating on your glasses.
Both The University of Waterloo’s Centre for Ocular Research & Education and Alcon, a contacts lens manufacturer, have released evidence-based statements on the subject of COVID-19 and contacts. They reiterate contacts are safe to use, however, only when the proper hygiene precautions are followed, such as properly washing your hands before and after touching contacts and disinfecting your contact lenses.
While it is an understandably stressful time, we want to assure you that regular contact use is safe with proper hygiene and precautions. These procedures should be followed regardless of COVID-19. Safe hygiene is necessary to protect yourself from viruses.
Don’t hesitate to reach out to an FYidoctors clinic near you to learn more about contact lens safety or if you have any questions or concerns.
FYidoctors is committed to providing you with insight on the latest eye care information and resources as the COVID-19 situation evolves.
For more information on FYidoctors’ response, visit our COVID-19 information page.
The Centre for Ocular Research & Education: COVID-19 and contact lens wear: what do eye care practitioners and patients need to know?
The Government of Canada: Reduce the Spread of COVID-19
Many of us are isolated at home, which has caused some challenges and opportunities when it comes to cooking. You may be learning new recipes and techniques or getting creative with limited ingredients.
After day 10 of being at home, you may be asking yourself—what should I eat next? There are engaging ways to learn how to cook, even from home. If you are struggling—or interested in learning something new—you can always try online resources like Instructables or Tasty.
Having a balanced diet is important in maintaining overall health and improving eyesight. FYidoctors has compiled a list of five freezable eye-healthy meals, for you and your family to make at home.
1. Nutrient Rich Minestrone Soup
This comforting soup is packed with flavour and nutrients. The tomatoes are rich in vitamin A, while carrots include beta-carotene—a substance that itself converts into vitamin A which helps protect the surface of your eyes by strengthening barriers to bacteria and viruses. Kidney beans are a source of Zinc, which helps your body absorb vitamin A. All this is excellent for your vision, and it’s a one pot recipe that can be easily frozen to enjoy at a later time.
· 1 tbsp olive oil
· 2 carrots, diced
· 3 celery stalks, diced
· ½ a yellow onion, diced
· 2 ½ cups of diced tomatoes
· 3 cups of chicken broth
· 2 cups of kidney beans
· ½ cup elbow pasta
· 1 tsp dried oregano
· Salt and pepper to taste
In a large pot, brown the onion, carrots and celery. Add the kidney beans then add the diced tomatoes. Pour the chicken broth in and let everything come to a simmer. Add the elbow pasta and cook until noodles are al dente. Add oregano and salt and pepper to taste.
2. Lentil and Black Bean Burgers
Beans are powerful when it comes to eye health! Lentils and black beans are rich in Zinc, a mineral that helps produce Vitamin A in your body. Try this vegetarian take on a hamburger for a healthy alternative to a fun classic.
· 14 oz can of red lentils
· 14 oz can of black beans
· ½ cup bread crumbs
· 1 tbsp olive oil
· 1 large egg
· ½ diced white onion
· ¼ cup minced parsley
· 1 sliced tomato
· 4 slices of American cheese
· 4 hamburger buns
Wash lentils and black beans in cold water, then dry on a pan with a paper towel. In a large bowl crush the dried lentils and black beans. Combine with breadcrumbs, egg, onion and parsley until the mixture is sticky and moldable. Form the mixture into 4 hamburger patties and set on a plate. Put the plate into the fridge for 20 minutes until the shape is firm and holds together. Heat a pan with olive oil. Fry each patty on both sides until browned. Assemble your burgers in their buns with cheese and tomato (and whatever fixing you enjoy)!
3. Savoury Tuna and Pea Casserole
This healthy entrée is comforting and easy to freeze for later. Tuna is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids which can help adults prevent age-related macular degeneration. Peas are also excellent for vision because they contain the carotenoid pigment lutein, which can reduce the risk of cataracts.
· 4 (4 oz) cans of tuna, drained
· 1 cup of frozen peas
· 4 cloves of garlic, minced
· 2 tsp chili flakes
· 400g of macaroni pasta of choice
· Salt and pepper to taste
· 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
· ½ cup breadcrumbs
Bring a large pot of water to boil and add the dried macaroni, let cook for 8-10 minutes or until al dente. Once noodles are cooked combine all the ingredients in a large bowl. Spread evenly in a 12in x 12in pan and sprinkle breadcrumbs on the surface. Bake in a 350°F for 30 minutes or until top is golden brown.
4. Healthy Green Pepper Breakfast Burrito
This is a simple dish that goes a long way! The green peppers are excellent for your vision because they contain both Vitamin A and lutein. Black beans are also a terrific source of zinc.
· ½ cup of grated cheddar cheese
· 4 large whole grain tortillas
· ¼ of a red onion thinly sliced
· ½ cup rinsed and dried black beans
· ½ cup chopped green pepper
Lay all the tortillas out on a clean surface. Portion all the remaining ingredients between the four tortillas in an even line horizontally across each. Wrap the burrito by folding in the sides, then folding up the bottom end over
the filling. Roll the cylinder up tightly. Package the burritos with aluminum foil to either freeze for later or to heat up in your oven!
5. Fresh Chocolate Banana Smoothie
Treat yourself to an eye-healthy smoothie for breakfast. The bananas are a rich source of Vitamin A, while the coconut milk will charge you with a mighty dose of antioxidants.
· 2 frozen bananas
· 1 tbsp almond butter (or nut butter of choice)
· 1 tsp cocoa powder
· 1/2 tsp cinnamon
· 1 tbsp hemp hearts (optional)
· 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk
· 1/2 cup water (or until you've reached desired thickness)
· Optional: Add a dash of pure peppermint extract to make it a mint chocolate smoothie
Add all ingredients to a blender. Start by pulsing on low and slowly increase the speed. If the mixture is too thick, add water to loosen. You can also freeze this mixture in an airtight container as a healthy substitute to ice cream!
Freezable meals are convenient, especially if you have to a make a large volume and may not have the chance to visit a grocery store regularly. When you freeze your meals, remember to use freezable containers or bags to keep your food tasting fresh. You can double any of these recipes to scale how much you want to make and save for later.
FYidoctors hopes these recipes will spark your imagination in the kitchen while you’re at home and potentially struggling for new ideas to cook for your family.
Feel free to get creative! These recipes are guidelines and we encourage you to swap out ingredients for what you have on hand. For even more eye-healthy recipes check out our recipes page on our blog.
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Sacori frames are meticulously crafted and offer the very best in materials and design. When paired together with our high-quality Canadian made lenses, Sacori is simply the new standard of premium eyewear.
At participating FYidoctors, when you refer a new patient to your clinic, we'll give you a $25 coupon to put towards your next purchase of eyewear. Plus, each new patient that you send to your clinic ALSO benefits!
They will receive a $25 coupon when they book a full eye exam, to put towards their first purchase of eyewear and continue benefiting when they refer new patients. It's a great way to get new eyewear and help your friends and family with all of their vision care needs.
*Refer It Forward Program is not applicable to our Ontario locations and can vary in Quebec. See in-store for details.
Stop by any participating FYidoctors location to learn more about our Refer It Forward program or to book a complete eye exam.
FYidoctors - New Westminster is open for eye-related emergencies. We know this is a stressful time and we remain intent on serving our patients the best we can. We are taking every precaution to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and for that reason, we are currently focusing our services on urgent patient care only.
Please call us if you require an emergency appointment.
Dr. Shainul Waljee grew up in Edmonton, Alberta. She gained admission to the University of Alberta for her undergraduate studies in Biological Sciences and Chemistry. Upon completion of a Bachelor of Science in 1999, she went on to study Optometry at the University of Waterloo, and graduated with distinction in 2003. Her internships included work at the Omni Eye Centre in Baltimore, as well as at a private practice in Coquitlam. Dr. Waljee then completed a one-year Residency in Primary Eye Care and Ocular Disease at the Illinois College of Optometry. She had the opportunity to work alongside optometrists and ophthalmologists specializing in glaucoma, cataracts, as well as retinal and anterior segment diseases. In addition, she gained experience in research, clinical teaching, and mentorship to optometry students.
Dr. Waljee joined Family Eyecare Centre in 2004 and has developed a wonderful relationship with her patients of all ages. She especially enjoys educating her patients about their eyes and their eye conditions. She has a special interest in ocular disease and contact lenses. In February 2014, she was recognized as B.C.’s ‘Young Optometrist of the Year’ from the British Columbia Doctors of Optometry.
Travelling is one of Dr. Waljee’s passions. She has had the opportunity to merge her work into her travels through VOSH (Volunteer Optometrists Serving Humanity) in Mexico (2001), Tunisia (2007) and India (2009).
In her free time, Dr. Waljee has been involved in volunteer work, mostly through the Ismaili Community. She stays active with running, ball hockey, and other outdoor activities. In addition, she loves to spend time with friends and her growing family.
Dr. Errin Bligh studied Genetics at the University of Western Ontario before completing her Doctor of Optometry degree at the University of Waterloo, where she graduated with Excellence and was her class valedictorian. She was featured in Women in Optometry magazine as a “Top Grad” in North America. Dr. Bligh completed her training in Mobile, Alabama, working closely with ophthalmologists specialized in retina, neuro-ophthalmology, and oculo-plastics.
Dr. Bligh enjoys working collaboratively with other health care professionals to provide the best outcomes for her patients. She provides approachable eye exams for patients of all ages and was honoured to recieve the Good-Lite Pediatric Optometry award in 2014. Dr. Bligh has served on the Board of Directors for BC Doctors of Optometry since 2017 and was elected as Vice President in 2018. She is also the Co-Chair of the BCDO Children's Vision Steering Committee. She is a member of Canadian Association of Optometrists. Dr. Bligh enjoys travelling for a good food scene or to visit notable architecture with her husband.
Dr. Bligh is currently accepting new patients.
Dr. Jennifer Durst would say her career started when she received her first pair of glasses in the fifth grade. Let's just say her grades improved and she never looked back. An all-Canadian woman, Dr. Durst was born in Toronto, Ontario and grew up living in Inuvik, NWT, St. John’s, Newfoundland, and Regina, Saskatchewan before graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Immunology and Microbiology with Honours from the University of British Columbia in 2005. As part of her undergraduate education, she had various research experiences, including student internships at the World Health Organization in Copenhagen, Denmark and influenza and anthrax work at the Defence Research and Development Canada in Suffield, AB. This led her to rekindle her passion for vision and ocular research by volunteering at the UBC Eye Care Centre.
She attended the Illinois College of Optometry (ICO) in Chicago, IL where she received her Doctor of Optometry degree Magna Cum Laude in 2010. She completed internships in ocular disease at the Veterans Hospital in Huntington, WV, and the Illinois Eye Institute where she worked with retina, cornea, refractive and glaucoma specialists. She was trained in pediatrics and binocular vision at the Vision Institute of Canada in Toronto, ON. She also had specialty contact lens training at ICO and in Tallahassee, FL. Dr. Durst sees each patient exam as an opportunity to go beyond the basic prescription and eye health check to encompass a holistic approach to vision and health. Always a fan of technology, she keeps up with the latest treatments, research and diagnostics.
While at the Illinois College of Optometry she was the Director of Community Service and believes strongly in giving back to the community. She organized vision screenings for the Special Olympics and for under-serviced communities. In 2008, she was privileged to provide eye exams and glasses in rural Mexico with Volunteer Optometric Service to Humanity (VOSH). In her spare time she enjoys piano, acrylic painting, running, skiing and curling.
Dr. Liseann Head grew up in Southern Ontario and knew from a young age she wanted to become an optometrist. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Doctorate of Optometry from the University of Waterloo, graduating with honours in 2010. During that time, she had internships at a private practice in Terrace, British Columbia and a Veterans Affairs Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky where she had extensive exposure to primary care eye diseases. Dr. Head also received an NSERC Research Grant for vision therapy with children; presenting the findings at the 2008 ARVO conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Upon graduation, she was the recipient of a Clinical Excellence Scholarship and the CooperVision Contact Lens Award.
After graduation, Dr. Head and her husband moved to New Westminster and quickly enjoyed all their new hometown had to offer. Prior to joining FYidoctors – New Westminster in 2017, Dr. Head practiced at various locations throughout the Lower Mainland, most recently at a private practice in South Surrey for 4 years. She brings with her experience in all areas of optometry, including contact lens, geriatrics, ocular disease treatment and co-management, primary and emergency care, laser surgery co-management, and pediatrics. While Dr. Head provides detailed and attentive care to patients of all ages, she has a passion for myopia control treatment in children.
Dr. Head is a proud member of the British Columbia Association of Optometrists, serving on the Board of Directors from 2015-2018 and volunteers on the Membership Committee. An avid learner, she keeps up with the latest research and treatments. In her free time, Dr. Head participates in various community events, travels with her husband, enjoys cross-stitching, and hiking.
She loves living in New Westminster and looks forward to caring for patients within her local community
Dr. Nacher Mohan was raised in Squamish, BC. He obtained a B.Sc. in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry with first class honours at Simon Fraser University. He went on to the Western University of Health Sciences in California, where he received his Doctor of Optometry degree. During this time, he was presented with the Essilor Student Scholarship Award with distinction in binocular and refractive conditions and accepted a position at Orange County Retina. Dr. Mohan became skillful in the area of vitreo-retinal conditions and involved at the surgical ward in Orange County. Furthermore, he dealt with pediatric cases with the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
He then accepted a rotation site at a private practice in Alberta, where he became knowledgeable and experienced in the areas of contact lenses, anterior segment diseases and glaucoma. Dr. Mohan worked with patients who suffered from systemic conditions that manifested into ocular conditions, such as multiple sclerosis, graves’ disease and systemic lupus erythematosus. He thrives in assisting patients with vitreo-retinal conditions, which includes diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration.
He continues to provide his expertise and time to local unrepresented communities, where he enjoys providing vision care while implementing the best treatment for his patients. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, hiking, and trying out local eateries.
Dr. Brenda Horner was born and raised in Abbotsford, BC, attended the University of Victoria from 1979-80 and received her Doctor of Optometry degree in 1985 from the University of Waterloo, graduating with Honours. She began her career with a group of progressive optometrists in Abbotsford, working there from 1985-1995. Concurrently she and her husband, Dr. Blain Stokowski co-owned a practice in New Westminster and following Dr. Stokowski's death in 1996, she became the sole owner of the Family Eyecare Centre of New Westminster (FEC). The practice grew and moved 5 times since 1985 and Dr. Horner devoted countless hours building it into a progressive, multi-doctor clinic, eventually becoming one of the founding partners of FYidoctors in 2008.
Dr. Horner retired from clinical practice in 2016 but remains actively involved in the clinic in a management capacity. Over the years the practice has received numerous business awards, including the New Westminster Chamber of Commerce Platinum Award for Excellence in Customer Service (2013 & 2014) and for Inclusion Excellence (2015), and the New Westminster Record Readers’ Choice Award for ‘Best Optometrist’ (2016). In 2016 Dr. Horner was awarded the BC Doctors of Optometry President’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to her profession throughout her career.
Dr. Horner is currently an assessor and investigator for the BC College of Optometrists; a member of the BC Doctors of Optometry Government Relations Committee; a member of the Stenberg College Opticians’ Program Advisory Committee; and a vision examiner for a macular degeneration research study. Dr. Horner's past accomplishments include: Vice President of the BC Association of Optometrists (BCAO), BCAO Treasurer, Membership Committee Chair, Ethics Committee Chair and BCAO Councilor; Optometry Representative for the BC Vision Health Coalition; FYi Advisory Board member, FYi Recruitment Committee Chair; President of the New Westminster Networking Women. She also volunteers for many organizations outside her profession.
In her spare time, Dr. Horner enjoys cycling, hiking, outdoor fitness, choral singing and cooking. Her greatest passion is travel, which she has combined with optometry in the form of missions to India, Malawi and Morocco. She has also traveled to over 60 countries in 6 continents, from the Middle East to Australia to Southeast Asia to the bottom of South America. Dr. Horner is happily married to a retired firefighter and has two adult daughters.
Her personal motto is: "Live every day of your life." - Jonathan Swift